Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Muhammad Niazi, Aug 18, 2019.
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The only thing I do not care for is the fact that there is nothing on the reverse to help with attribution - these usually have symbols or monograms on the reverse, either in the right field or under the throne or both. This is what makes these fun for me, trying to figure out what era and mint the coin came from. Because of the position of Zeus's feet, you could state that it is "Alexander posthumous" but you couldn't really go much beyond that, I think.
Here is an off-center example from my small collection of these. It is from Alexander's successor Philip III - after hours of searching, I have never been able to attribute it, never having found the control symbols. It's out there, somewhere, and from time to time I poke around the Internet looking, hoping...I posted it earlier on CT and nobody knew what it was either. It remains as one of my unattributables.
Macedonia Kingdom Drachm
Philip III Arrhidaios
(c. 323-319 B.C.)
Thrace-Kolophon mint ?
Head of Herakles right, wearing lion-skin / FILIPPOU, Zeus seated left, right leg drawn back, holding eagle & scepter, F left, club (?) rt., knife (?) under throne.
(3.99 grams / 17 mm)
I paid $29.99 for mine, which is on the low end for these, even worn, from what I've seen on eBay. "Real" auctions probably don't mess with these in this condition except in bulk.
Makedon Alexander III 336-323 BC AR Drachm 3 Suse
OBVERSE: Head of Herakles right in lionskin headdress
REVERSE: ALEXANDROU, Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre. Forepart of Pegasos left in left field, X on W monogram beneath throne
Struck at Abydos 325-323 BC
Antigonos Monophthalmus using the types of Alexander III AR drachm
That is a lot better than I thought - I do think you can attribute it. What I do is a Google Image search for Alexander drachm and hope I get lucky. Much of the time I do - there are a lot of them for sale out there.
It's probably not a legend but a monogram. It looks pretty complete. It may help you nail down an ID.
yes hahah, I do exactly the same. thanks!
Also, my almoste-lifetime Alexander drachm:
Ruler: Philip III Arrhidaeus (Ancient Greek: Φίλιππος Γ΄ ὁ Ἀρριδαῖος.
Reign: 359 - 317 BC Born: Unknown Death: 11 june 323 BC
Denomination: AR Drachm
Obs: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion skin headdress;
rev: Type: Zeus seated on stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, sceptre in left hand. Legend: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, two symbols: lyre (Left Field), A (Beneath Throne)
Weight: 4.06g; Ø:1.8cm
Catalogue: Price 1769
King of Macedonia from after 11 June 323 BC until his death. He was a son of King Philip II of Macedon by Philinna of Larissa, and thus an elder half-brother of Alexander the Great. Named Arrhidaeus at birth, he assumed the name Philip when he ascended to the throne. Alexander was fond of Arrhidaeus and took him on his campaigns, both to protect his life and to prevent his use as a pawn in any prospective challenge for the throne. After Alexander's death in Babylon in 323 BC, the Macedonian army in Asia proclaimed Arrhidaeus as king; however, he served merely as a figurehead and as the pawn of a series of powerful generals.
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